Building Resilience: When There’s No Going Back to the Way Things Were
by Alice Updike Scannell
During difficult times, it’s natural to wish that things could go “back to normal,” or “the way they used to be.” But what if that’s not an option? Amidst the unknowns, one of the many resources CPG offers to aid in coping is Building Resilience: When There’s No Going Back to the Way Things Were by Alice Updike Scannell, PhD (Church Publishing Incorporated, 2020).
This book, focused on adaptability, explores how a creative response to life’s inevitable challenges increases a sense of control and lessens any feelings of helplessness. In this instructive manual, the late Dr. Scannell, formerly a Senior Research Associate at the Institute on Aging at Portland State University in Oregon, shares inspiring stories, practical tools, and proven techniques for managing uncertainty.
Featuring a foreword by the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Building Resilience has garnered admirers in and around the Church community. The Rev. Laura V. Queen, CPG’s Pastoral Care Assistant Vice President, writes that it’s “a must-have that addresses the challenges of emotional, spiritual, and physical changes—the culmination of a life well-lived.”
Calling Dr. Scannell’s volume “a practical guide to holy and intentional living,” the Rev. Mark Bozzuti-Jones, of Trinity Wall Street, wonders, “What else is the spiritual life if not the path of radical resilience?”
Clearly, Building Resilience speaks to the present moment, well-preparing readers for the future—whatever it may bring.